FTC: We’ll Decide On Google-Antitrust Action By End Of Year

Speaking at an antitrust symposium sponsored by Georgetown Law School in Washington DC, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said that the commission was “on track” to decide on whether or not to pursue an antitrust case against Google “by the end of the year.” In other words: after the election — not that a decision would necessarily have an impact one way or the other.

However, if the FTC were to bring a case before November it might be used as fodder for the critique that Washington is trying to get in the way of “job creating industries.”

Leibowitz is quoted by the NY Times saying at the event, “We have not decided as a commission what we’re going to do, where we’re going to go with respect to Google . . . We’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing – we’re weighing the evidence, we’re thinking it through, in a collective, collaborative bipartisan way.”

Earlier this year the FTC hired a widely respected outside antitrust lawyer in a sign that the agency was getting more serious about a potential case against Google. The attorney, Beth A. Wilkinson, who is a partner at the firm of Paul Weiss and a former Justice Department official, has never lost a case apparently (40-0).

Yet a new FTC nominee Joshua Wright, who has bi-partisan support, disfavors antitrust action against Google. According to an article appearing in Politico, in addition to being a law professor, “Wright is also listed as a senior adjunct fellow for TechFreedom, a think tank that Google has listed as among the groups at which it sponsors policy fellows.”

The momentum against formal litigation appears to be in Google’s favor. Sensing that, just yesterday, anti-Google lobbying group FairSearch announced some high-profile new members (including Nokia and Oracle) and “warned” the FTC and European Commission not to settle for tepid or symbolic remedies against Google.

Related Topics: Channel: Industry | Google: Antitrust | Google: Legal | Legal: Regulation

Sponsored


About The Author: is a Contributing Editor at Search Engine Land. He writes a personal blog Screenwerk, about SoLoMo issues and connecting the dots between online and offline. He also posts at Internet2Go, which is focused on the mobile Internet. Follow him @gsterling.

Connect with the author via: Email | Twitter | Google+ | LinkedIn



SearchCap:

Get all the top search stories emailed daily!  

Share

Other ways to share:
 

Read before commenting! We welcome constructive comments and allow any that meet our common sense criteria. This means being respectful and polite to others. It means providing helpful information that contributes to a story or discussion. It means leaving links only that substantially add further to a discussion. Comments using foul language, being disrespectful to others or otherwise violating what we believe are common sense standards of discussion will be deleted. Comments may also be removed if they are posted from anonymous accounts. You can read more about our comments policy here.

Comments are closed.

Get Our News, Everywhere!

Daily Email:

Follow Search Engine Land on Twitter @sengineland Like Search Engine Land on Facebook Follow Search Engine Land on Google+ Get the Search Engine Land Feed Connect with Search Engine Land on LinkedIn Check out our Tumblr! See us on Pinterest

 
 

Click to watch SMX conference video

Join us at one of our SMX or MarTech events:

United States

Europe

Australia & China

Learn more about: SMX | MarTech


Free Daily Search News Recap!

SearchCap is a once-per-day newsletter update - sign up below and get the news delivered to you!

 


 

Search Engine Land Periodic Table of SEO Success Factors

Get Your Copy
Read The Full SEO Guide